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Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean

June 10th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars

Description: Palace intrigue, romance, and illicit affairs—Rebecca Dean has written a glorious novel that will sweep Philippa Gregory fans off their feet.

Delia Chandler, an eighteen-year-old Southern girl, marries Viscount Ivor Conisborough just before World War II, becoming part of the Windsor court. It’s every girl’s dream come true. But Delia is jolted from her pleasant life when she realizes, after the birth of her two daughters, that Ivor chose her only to bear an heir to his estate. Shortly thereafter, she begins an affair with her husband’s handsome, titled, and frequently scandalous best friend.

When Conisborough is appointed as an adviser to King Fuad of Egypt, Delia exchanges one palace circle for another, far different one. While she sees Egypt as a place of exile, her two daughters regard Egypt as their home. Only when war comes to Cairo—and Delia finally reveals the secret she has kept for so long—can she begin to heal the divisions separating her from those she loves.

This book was not what I had expected but I did enjoy reading it.  Do not expect anything epic along the lines of the Philppa Gregory books though.

Although it sounds like the story is going to focus on Delia it is really broken up into 5 parts.  The first follows Delia and how she deals with her husband, his affair and adjusting to life in England.  The other four parts follow her two daughters as they have to deal with their own romance problems and the the two men who are the objects of their affection.   Delia was an interesting character with a mix of American straight forwardness yet she also showed signs of snobbiness when it came down to who she wanted her daughters interacting with.  I found it a little disconcerting to see her attitude flitting back and forth between the two.  I have to say I did have one good laugh when Delia talks about how horrid her name is so she chooses to name her eldest daughter, Petronella.  I mean really?  Petronella?  I was thinking that it sounded like some brand of gas.  Besides that it was a pleasant read, a little predictable, but enjoyable none the less.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Historical Fiction

3 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I have this in my TBR pile but now I’m thinkint I might be pushing it further downward. The name Petronella alone drops it down at least four or five notches on the list. LOL

  2. dsuzuki

    LOL. It totally does. I think there are much better books out there to read right now :)

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